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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Createspace (Nov. 10 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456310364
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456310363
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g

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About the Author

Bill Miller has been riding to the hounds for over 40 years. For nearly 20 years he has been an honorary whipper-in for the Norfolk Hunt Club. Bill is also actively involved in Team Penning during the summer months. He lives on a small farm in Sherborn, Massachusetts with his wife and three horses. When not working with horses, Bill is an independent film director and cinematographer. His website is: www.billmillerfilm.com

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If you like animals and a clean read, pick this one up! Feb. 8 2012
By Wendy L. Hines - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
While Carly's parents are finishing out their military tours, she stays with her grandfather on his farm. She loves watching the Riverdale Hunt Club in the fall and yearns to join them. Her own pony, Monroe, used to run with them before he became hers, but she is only eleven. So she dreams of riding Monroe chasing the fox.

Hampton is a new addition to the kennels and because one of the other hounds is injured, he gets to join in. He's reall excited but he's never ran so much and he is tired. When he gets a drink at the stream, the Hunt leaves him and Hampton is lost. He is hungry, tired and just wants to go home. When he smells something yummy on the air, he follows his nose and winds up at the home of Strange Willie.
Willie is a vet who lives very basically and doesn't ask for much. Most of the children in the area are scared to death of him. At first Willie tries to shoot Hampton, but thankfully a fox leaps in the way and saves Hampton. Later, Hampton saves the fox from one of Willie's booby traps. An unorthodox friendship, but it works. When Willie's house catches afire, even though he had tried to shoot Hampton, he enters the abode and wakens Willie, saving his life.

Carly is determined to find the lost hound, but when she is out looking, a rabid skunk approaches her. Thankfully, Willie saves her life. He isn't as scary as everyone says and she sees he has Hampton. But the Master of the Hunt is looking for Hampton and Carly isn't sure what the right thing to do would be. But when one of her friends disappears, Carly knows she has to speak up.

Heroes and Hounds is a middle-grade novel with appealing characters and several great messages. Bringing the fox and the hound to life in a new twist from the Disney version is delightful and thoroughly entertaining. Miller does a great job of keeping the reader involved in the story with many adventures. If you like animals and a clean read, pick this one up! You're sure to enjoy it!
Heroes and Hounds Jan. 7 2011
By Nicole Marie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Heroes and Hounds is a story about a young girl named Carly growing up on a large Virginia farm with her grandfather. She is filled with enthusiasm and considers the animals living on and around the farm as her best friends, including the mice in the barn and a clever red fox. This involves a complete lack of prejudice that serves Carly throughout the tale even as she begins to befriend people. "Carly wished people wouldn't kill the animals. They were her friends. All of them."
It is Carly's cheerful and helpful attitude that pulls the reader into the story. She is an imaginative girl and daydreams of being a hero and of taking her pony to a horse show. Carly also has a determined and practical side which we see when she assists in locating a lost hunting hound. Later, this same determination and courage is needed as Carly attempts to help the police find her friend, Freddie.

Sections of the narrative follow non-human characters to show their unique personalities. The characters might be archetypes -- the crafty fox, the naïve hound, the determined young girl, the misunderstood social outcast -- but the descriptions of their interactions remain quite enjoyable despite their familiarity. The manner in which the story is told is original, however. Each character, whether human or animal, has something quite pressing motivating them to action, though it is not always obvious right away what this is. The author describes these motivations in detail by giving the reader an understanding into the character's thoughts, intelligence, and unique awareness.

For example, as a canine, Hampton's dominant sense is smell. The author is able to impart the way in which Hampton understands his environment through his nose. "He sniffed the air, drinking in the smells of a new October day. It was the sweet smell that lingers after a heavy rainfall." Although human noses are not as keen, the reader is still able to absorb this vivid description.

This book's ability to communicate to older children on their level and help them become interested in reading is another one of its great advantages. The story is fast paced and the way it switches story lines every chapter keeps it very entertaining. Yet, interspersed into the plot are sophisticated themes such as forgiveness to those who have shown anger or cruelty towards you, showing kindness and trust to strangers, and even standing up for what you know in your heart is right and true.

Perhaps one of the most fascinating aspects of this book is Carly's transformation as she begins making human friends and then realizes she must protect them from the dangers of the world. Could she really be the hero she dreams of being? Only by reading the story can one answer this question, but it is well worth the journey.
Great Book Feb. 4 2012
By Lisa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Carly loves to watch the hunt as it comes past. She dreams of getting to be a part of it one day, feeling the wind on her face as she and her faithful horse ride with the hounds. Young Hampton is one of those hounds, but he loses his way on a hunt. Hampton soon meet "Crazy" Willie, a man haunted by his wartime past. Carly, Hampton, and Willie will be undertaking an adventure none of them ever imagine, but it's something that will hold vast importance in their lives and others'.

This was a really great book! It managed to be modern but with an old-fashioned feel. It really drew me back to my childhood, reminding me of some of the classic books for young people. You get a great feel for the hunt, and you can feel the wind whipping past as Carly rides. This book has a wonderful sense of atmosphere, and the descriptions make everything so real. Carly and Hampton are both fun characters. They are both young and curious, and they are watched over by some very special protectors.

There were some great messages too in this book, the main one involving judging people. Willie was so haunted by his past that he was no longer able to function easily in regular society. People were so scared of him, but he wasn't a bad person. Luckily Carly was able to see past the appearance and see someone worth helping. The illustrations in this book were also fantastic. Each one really helped to contribute to the realness of the story. I thought this was a fantastic book, and I think boys and girls will enjoy it equally. This is a book that will entertain and delight.

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A Must Read For Animal Lovers Jan. 31 2012
By Jaidis Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
It has been awhile since I have had the chance to read a book that is geared for younger readers. I loved reading books about horses growing up and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to read Heroes and Hounds by Bill Miller. The book opens by introducing us to Carly, a young girl who loves all animals and dreams of riding as part of the fox-hunting party. Living with her grandfather on his farm, she is able to watch the hunting party as they ride through her grandfather's farm on various Saturdays in the fall.

Hampton is a young hound that was allowed to join the hunting hounds after an older hound was wounded. Having been trained for the day that he could join the hunt, Hampton is excited to be chosen. But when he picks up the fox's scent in a different direction than the rest of the pack, Hampton finds himself lost and unable to determine where the pack of hounds went.

Heroes and Hounds alternates between adventures: some chapters telling the adventures Carly is having in search of the lost hound Hampton and the remaining chapters let us see the adventures that Hampton is having while trying to find his way back home. Mr. Miller does an excellent job allowing me to see both sides while holding my attention. An enduring tale of courage, friendship and the bonds created between humans and their animal companions. I strongly recommend this book to any animal lovers and can't wait for my daughter to get a little older so that she can read about Carly's adventures.
Outstanding Family Novel Feb. 6 2012
By Lindsay Horne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Well if this isn't a dynamite novel, I don't know what is! This is a story that I will keep so that my own kids can read it when they are older, it is one that I can see becoming a family tradition to read.

I loved so many things about this novel there is no way I could list them all - the characters, the setting, the morals taught, the compassion for animals, the endearing grandparents, etc. Any novel set in Virginia is going to peak my interest because that is my home state and I love it. A farm in Virginia is even better!

I am a big cover person and many times that can make or break my decision to read a novel, this one was beautiful and I thought it was very inviting.

Young people will love the adventure that Carly and Freddie embark on - this will definitely keep readers' attention. It is a delightful story and one that you carry with you in your heart even after you close the last page. Kudos to the author, this is a fantastic read - best of luck!

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